By Meghan '12 | April 24, 2012
So this past Friday was Canisius’s Ignatian Scholar Day! I hope you all went and enjoyed yourself! I, myself, had 3 different presentations!
My first one was a Digital Presentation, aka Powerpoint, all about Phishing. As you may remember, this past semester, I wrote my senior thesis about the Internet crime of Phishing and its effects on the criminal justice system. Phishing, as a refresher, is when a person receives a spam email that is impersonating a legitimate company. When the person opens that email, it will contain a hyperlink which, after clicking on it, will direct them to a webpage which looks like it could belong to the company, but is actually a fake. It will then ask for your personal information and upon you hitting “Submit,” will send it off to the criminal! So, essentially, my thesis discussed this crime, the effects monetarily it has, and how nothing is a really being done about it. A few of my professors came to watch me, including my advisor, some friends, and my dad. It was great to share all of my hard work!
My second presentation was a poster entitled “Racial Differences in Death Penalty Support,” which discussed just that. I had done the research for this presentation last semester in a sociology class and was asked by the professor to share my results. I had found some very interesting things, such as that Caucasians tend to support the Death Penalty while African-Americans oppose, that the higher an education a person receives the more likely they are to switch their opinion, and that the difference in support/opposition may be related to a belief that their is racial bias in the criminal justice system.
Finally, my last presentation was a group project done for class all about ethical dilemmas of the police brotherhood. The police brotherhood is the sense of union and subculture among officers. While this tight knit group helps officers to cope with difficult situations, it can also lead to an exploitation of power. My group and I discussed various different ways this can happen and what can be done to avoid the negative aspects.
I hope anyone else that presented did well! Congratulations on your hard work!